Riki Lindhome

American actress
Riki Lindhome
Riki Lindhome by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lindhome at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con 22
Erika Lindhome

(1979-03-05) March 5, 1979 (age 43)
Alma materSyracuse University
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • musician
Years active2001–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • acoustic guitar
Musical artist

Erika "Riki" Lindhome (born March 5, 1979) is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She is best known as a singer and songwriter for the comedy folk duo Garfunkel and Oates.

After making her television debut in 2002 with minor roles in the television series Titus and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she guest starred on the WB series Gilmore Girls (2005–2006), the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2008; 2017), and the HBO series Enlightened (2011). She co-created and starred in the Comedy Central period sitcom Another Period (2015–2018) with Natasha Leggero. She currently voices the recurring role of Kimberly Harris in the Fox animated sitcom series Duncanville (2020–present). She is set to star as Dr. Valerie Kinbott in the Netflix comedy horror series Wednesday.

Lindhome made her feature film debut in the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby as Mardell Fitzgerald, and went on to star in the comedy horror films Hell Baby (2013) and The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020). She also had supporting roles in the films Pulse (2006), The Last House on the Left (2009), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Fun Size (2012), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), and Knives Out (2019).

In 2007, she formed Garfunkel and Oates with actress Kate Micucci. The duo starred in, produced, and wrote an eponymous television series on IFC, which aired for one season in 2014. Their 2016 Vimeo comedy special, Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Early life

Erika Lindhome[1] was born on March 5, 1979, in Coudersport, Pennsylvania,[2] and raised in Portville, New York.[3] She is primarily of Swedish ancestry.[4] Lindhome graduated from Portville High School in 1997. She majored in communications and film at Syracuse University, where she graduated in 2000.[3]

In 1997, Lindhome won first prize in the JFK Profiles in Courage essay contest awarded by the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.[5] Lindhome's subject was United States Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), whose outrage at the murder of her husband and five others by a gunman on a Long Island train compelled her to challenge and win the seat held by her congressman, who had voted to repeal the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.



Lindhome in February 2010

Without an agent, Lindhome started her acting career with minor roles on the sitcom Titus and in one season seven episode of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2002. In 2003, Lindhome joined The Actors' Gang and appeared in the play Embedded. She was one of four actors from the play to be cast in the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby, in which she played Mardell Fitzgerald, who is the sister of Maggie, the film's lead.[6][better source needed]

Lindhome briefly appeared as a nameless student in a season three episode of the television series Gilmore Girls in 2002 before later guest starring as Juliet on the show's fifth and sixth seasons.[7][8] She also appeared in the 2006 techno-horror film Pulse and in the 2008 crime drama film Changeling.[9][10] She guest starred on the television series The Big Bang Theory as Ramona Nowitzki, a graduate student who is obsessed with Sheldon Cooper, in seasons two and ten.[11] She guest starred in the television series Pushing Daisies as Dandy Lion, and had a minor role on Criminal Minds.[when?][12] In 2009, she starred in The Last House on the Left, a remake of the 1972 horror film of the same name, as Sadie.[13]

In 2011, Lindhome was featured alongside Heather Morris, Sofia Vergara, and Ashley Lendzion in "Nuthin' But a Glee Thang", a Glee-themed Funny or Die parody of the Dr. Dre song "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang".[14] From 2010 to 2013, Lindhome hosted the Nerdist podcast Making It with Riki Lindhome, in which Lindhome interviewed people in the entertainment industry about their rise to fame.[15][16] From 2011 to 2013, she guest starred as Harper on the HBO television series Enlightened.[17] Lindhome played a female version of Conrade, one of Don John's followers, in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, a 2012 adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name, and appeared in the 2012 comedy film Fun Size.[18][19] In 2013, Lindhome starred in the horror-comedy film Hell Baby as Marjorie, the protagonist's Wiccan sister, a role for which she did a full frontal nude scene that attracted attention because of its unusual length.[17][20]

In 2015, Lindhome and Natasha Leggero created the Comedy Central series Another Period, which they also starred in together. The show, which focuses on the Bellacourts, a fictional aristocratic family living in Newport, Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century, premiered in June 2015.[21] She appeared in a recurring role on the television series The Muppets in 2015 as Becky, Fozzie Bear's human girlfriend.[22][23][24] Also in 2015, she appeared in a season two episode of Fresh Off the Boat, and in Brooklyn Nine-Nine's season three episode "The Swedes".[25][26] Lindhome voiced Poison Ivy in the 2017 animated film The Lego Batman Movie.[27]

In 2018, Lindhome guest starred as Shaina, a recovering drug addict, in an episode of the comedy-drama television series Kidding.[28] In October 2019, she was featured in SoulPancake's short documentary film Laughing Matters.[29] The following month, she appeared as part of the ensemble cast of the 2019 mystery film Knives Out, in which she played Donna Thrombey.[30] Lindhome began starring in the Fox animated sitcom series Duncanville in February 2020, voicing the character Kimberly Harris, the emotional 12-year-old sister of the protagonist, Duncan Harris.[31][32] In October 2020, she starred in the comedy thriller film The Wolf of Snow Hollow, directed by Jim Cummings, as Officer Julie Robson.[33][34]

She is set to star as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, Wednesday Addams's therapist, in the Netflix comedy horror series Wednesday.[35]


Lindhome performing as Garfunkel and Oates with Kate Micucci in 2009

Lindhome performs as "Garfunkel" in the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates,[36] with her friend and fellow songwriter Kate Micucci.[36]

Other work

As of November 2021[update], Lindhome will write the script for the upcoming animated musical film Steps, which she will executive produce and write the lyrics for alongside Micucci.[37]

Public image

The Post-Standard included Lindhome on their list of the 101 most famous Syracuse University alumni.[38]

Personal life

Lindhome has one son, born in March 2022.[39]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Backseat Detour Catie Short film
2004 Seeing Other People Girl Kissing Ed Uncredited
2004 Million Dollar Baby Mardell Fitzgerald
2005 All In Marsha
2005 Embedded Gondola / Journalist Video
2005 Berkeley Fighting Girl
2006 Pulse Janelle
2006 Life is Short Lilly Short film
2008 Wednesday Again Carli
2008 Changeling Examination Nurse
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Hilary
2009 The Last House on the Left Sadie
2009 Powder Blue Nicole
2009 Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Polly Talmadge
2009 Imaginary Larry Betsy Short film
2011 A Good Funeral Polly
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Conrade
2012 Fun Size Denise / Galaxy Scout
2013 Hell Baby Marjorie
2014 Search Party Singer at Weddings
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Popsicle (voice) Cameo
2016 Nerdland Linda (voice)
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Poison Ivy (voice)
Wicked Witch of the West (voice) Uncredited
2017 Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That? Poison Ivy (voice) Short film
2018 Under the Silver Lake The Actress
2019 Knives Out Donna Thrombey
2020 The Wolf of Snow Hollow Julia Robson
2021 Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon QAnon Cruise Check-In Person Cameo


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Titus Charlie Episode "Errrr"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cheryl Episode: "Him"
2002–2006 Gilmore Girls Girl #2 / Juliet 5 episodes
2006 Heroes Car Rental Girl Episode: "Chapter Three: 'One Giant Leap'"
2007 The Minister of Divine Sally Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Raines Tammy Episode: "Reconstructing Alice"
2008 Pushing Daisies Jeanine Episode: "Dummy"
2008; 2017 The Big Bang Theory Ramona Nowitzki 3 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Vanessa Holden Episode: "52 Pickup"
2009 Bones Mandy Summers Episode: "The Bond in the Boot"
2009 Three Rivers Beth Episode: "The Kindness of Strangers"
2009 Nip/Tuck McKenzie Episode: "Willow Banks"
2010 House Sarah Episode: "Lockdown"
2010 Drop Dead Diva Marjorie Little Episode: "Begin Again"
2011 $#*! My Dad Says Laura Griffin Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2011 United States of Tara Daisy Episode: "Dr. Hatteras' Miracle Elixir"
2011 Traffic Light Amy Episode: "Credit Balance"
2011 Happy Endings Angie Episode: "The Code War"
2011 Enlightened Harper 5 episodes
2012 Garfunkel and Oates Garfunkel Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Sketchy Female Announcer Episode: "Junk Pump"
2012 Staged Ryda Episode: "Flo Rida"
2013 King of the Nerds Herself Episode: "Nerdy Dancing"
2013 House of Lies: Flight Club Melanie Episode: "Rom Com"
2013; 2015 Adventure Time Island Lady / Ice Cream (voices) 2 episodes
2013 New Girl Kylie Episode: "The Captain"
2013–2014 Super Fun Night Hayley 3 episodes
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / Ginormica Voice
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Garfunkel 8 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer
2014–2017 @midnight Herself 5 episodes
2015 The Muppets Becky 4 episodes
2015 Fresh Off the Boat Arielle Episode: "Family Business Trip"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Agneta Carlsson Episode: "The Swedes"
2015–2018 Another Period Beatrice Bellacourt 32 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer
2016 House of Lies Joy Episode: "One-Eighty"
2016 Ask the StoryBots Oxygen Molecule Episode: "Why Is the Sky Blue?"
2017 Difficult People Hostess Episode: "The Silkwood"
2018 Modern Family Poet Episode: "In Your Head"
2018 Take My Wife Clerk Episode #2.8
2018–2020 Big Hero 6: The Series Wendy Wower (voice) 4 episodes
2018 Kidding Shaina Episode: "Every Pain Needs a Name"
2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Hungry Cat Episode: "I Need Some Balance"
2020–present Duncanville Kimberly Harris (voice) Series regular
2020 The Neighborhood Kristen Episode: "Welcome to the Jump"
2020 Big City Greens Gina (voice) Episode: "The Gifted"
2020 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Irena Episode: "Ballad of Dwight and Irena"
2021 DuckTales May (voice) Episode: "The Last Adventure"
2021 United States of Al Chloe Episode: "Car/Motar"
2021 Just Beyond Bonnie Episode: "Parents Are from Mars, Kids Are from Venus"
2022 Roar Lil Episode: "The Woman Who Was Fed By a Duck"
2022 Grace and Frankie Missy Pachangas Episodes: "The Prediction" and "The Panic Attacks"
2022 Wednesday Not yet released Dr. Valerie Kinbott Main role, upcoming series


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2009 Girltrash! LouAnne "Trouble" Dubois 8 episodes
2010 Tea Party Macabre Herself 5 episodes
2013 Jon Davis Gets a Sex Robot Layla Davis 4 episodes
2016–2017 Con Man Janet Carney 4 episodes
2021 George Harrison – "My Sweet Lord" Backup BOC Agent [40]


  • Yell at Me from Your Car EP (2011)


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